The Seattle Seahawks began training camp on Friday. To help keep you up to date on what’s happening at VMAC we will keep a running diary with the major stories from each day at camp. Here’s what’s been going on the first few days:
With all the talk about Marshawn Lynch’s holdout and Christine Michael’s explosive potential, one guy who often gets overlooked is Robert Turbin. Turbo played the backup role to Beast Mode over the last two seasons adequately, totalling 618 rushing yards and no fumbles on 157 carries. He has also been used in the passing game on occasion but as of yet hasn’t gotten into the end zone.
These next few weeks are the best chance that Turbin is likely to get to make his case for becoming a starter in the NFL, and by all indications it sounds like he’s taking advantage of the opportunity. He had some bad luck last year with huge runs being called back thanks to penalties by the offensive line. One fan made a video of all five:
He’s got as much power as Lynch and blocks well. His problem area has been elusiveness – Turbin has improved there and is no longer “stomping snakes” out there.
Turbin’s road roommate Russell Wilson went out of his way to praise Turbin over the weeknd, commending his competitive spirit. Apparently on every running play Turbin has been going all the way to the end zone even after the play has been called dead, which is making him a favorite with his comrades on offense.
Here’s a brief recap for the rest of the roster.
To no one’s surpise Wilson has been taking first-team reps. Several observers have noted that Terrelle Pryor looks out of sync with his receivers so far, which means that Tarvaris Jackson is likely still in line to be the primary backup.
This next bit comes from Danny Kelly at Field Gulls, who was on hand Friday. This gave me chills when I read it:
“Harvin looked great. In my opinion, he was the most explosively quick-twitch athlete on the field. He took a fly sweep around the corner and, sticking closely behind a Luke Willson lead block, broke it into the open field down the sideline. He ran a few intermediate underneath routes, which provided an outlet checkdown option for Wilson, and on those he looked extremely fast. He’s just fast…”
But then Harvin sat out on Saturday. He was not hurt, it was just a matter of getting him so rest. Harvin was back in action on Sunday and made a couple of great catches. It sounds like they’re planning to play him every other day now. A cautious approach is best with him.
#Seattle #Seahawks WR Percy Harvin preps to return a punt @ 1st day of #TrainingCamp today in #Renton @seattletimes pic.twitter.com/V9sWvC80EI
— John Lok (@jlokseattle) July 25, 2014
Meanwhile Jermaine Kearse made a number of highlight reel catches, including a deep ball with the LOB draped all over him. Phil Bates caught two touchdown passes within minutes of each other on Sunday, one from Wilson and one from Jackson.
Everyone is gushing about how good James Carpenter looks. This photo comparison explains why:
For those wondering about @Seahawks @JEcarpenter77 James Carpenter, compare last year to this year.
— Teruski (@teruski) July 27, 2014
Incredible. Carpenter also got a high five from line coach Tom Cable for a big block Saturday. Alvin Bailey is filling in for Russell Okung at left tackle and put rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh on his ass a couple of times.
UDFA linebacker Brock Coyle turned some heads when he blew up a screen play. Earl Thomas has been typically competitive and pulled off an athletic interception on Saturday.
This shot of @Earl_Thomas was so close to awesome – if only I hadn't zoomed in! He caught it, though #BingHawks pic.twitter.com/9vSakufmI1
— Melanie – Hawkaholic (@seahawks12girl) July 26, 2014
Brandon Mebane drilled Spencer Ware in a 9-on-7 drill. Rookies Marsh and Jeffcoat have done well pass rushing thus far.
Kam Chancellor, Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin and Korey Toomer all missed out on the first weekend of camp after undergoing sugery this offseason. The latter two were placed on the PUP list which means they cannot participate until they are medically cleared. Rookie safety Eric Pinkins hurt his foot and has been placed on the non-football injury list. He will miss at least 4-6 weeks. Michael Bowie hurt his shoulder Saturday, paving the way for Justin Britt to start. Christine Michael hurt his shoulder early on Sunday and missed the rest of pratice – he is expected back on field Tuesday.
Released: TE Chase Dixon
Waived: DT Dewayne Cherrington, OL Jared Smith
Signed: WR Morrell Presely, WR David Gilreath, OG C.J. Davis
The Seahawks are off on Monday. On Tuesday ESPN will broadcast their practice live at 10:30 AM PT.
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